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Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and an African slave (Esteban Dorantes, or Estevanico) spread many diseases though the America when they spread rumors of the Seven Cities of Gold.. The Eldorado myth has some truth to it because some native civilizations had an abundance of gold, but the rumors began due to the survivors of the Narváez expedition (Estevancio, de Vaca, and two more) which began in Florida. The disease of greed sent Conquistadors spreading throughout the Americas in search of gold and with the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – Pestilence spread his germs in conquest.

Zeal brought the Pope’s wrath in a document known, as the Requerimiento the natives got read their right – to no rights, in a language they could not understand. The Pope and the King Charles V declare ownership of their lands, their bodies, and their souls. One Dominican friar, Bartolomé de las Casas said, he did not know whether to laugh or cry when hearing those words; he knew the horrors inflicted by Pánfilo de Narváez, in Cuba. Florida’s natives (and their hurricane god) didn’t roll over so easy for Narvaez and the six hundred sent whittle down to four, as mention before.

I wrote this because I decided the Conquistadors work well as demons of greed, in this chapter I have in rewrite.

The Protestant French and the Protestant Pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution by Catholics and Anglicans – not gold and seemed more attuned to Bartolomé de las Casas, way of thinking.

The top-right image is a movie, Cabeza de Vaca, directed by Nicolás Echevarría.

The top left image is the Marvel comic book character, Orlando Furio, based partially on the Italian epic poem, Orlando Furioso,, by Ludovico Ariosto.

The top center image is from DC Comics – Jamie Sanchez.

The bottom image represents how the Muisca rulers of what is now Bogotá, Colombia covered themselves in gold; which became part of the El Dorado legend.

Wikimedia Description:

English: Muisca raft, representation of the initiation of the new Zipa in the lake of Guatavita, possible source of the legend of El Dorado. It was found in a cave in Pasca, Colombia in 1856, together with many other gold objects. It is 19.5 cm long, 10.1 cm wide and 10.2 cm high. Dated between 1200 and 1500 BC. It is made of an alloy of gold (80%), silver and copper, by using the lost wax method. The cacique in the center is surrounded by attendants and oarsmen. Colombia Official Tourism Portal. See also Museo del Oro

Date: 19 January 2006   Source: World66  Author: Andrew Bertram

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